The Dukes – About
The Dukes is a heathland course just a 10 minute drive outside St Andrews. It opened in 1995 and was redesigned in 2006 with five new holes. It is a championship course and has been host to the International European Amateur Championship.
The course has a driving range and practice putting green. A clubhouse with a nice view over the course.
The Dukes – Green Fees
- April 1 – April 30, 2019*
- May 1 – October 15, 2019*
- October 16, 2018 – March 31, 2019
£50.00 (18 holes) or £30.00 (9 holes)
The dukes – The Course
The round started with a par 5. The right side is heavily guarded by bunkers and gorse. There are bunker left as well, but smaller and fewer. The approach is to a slightly raised green with drop-offs around. You might need the putter outside the green. The second hole is a fairly long par 4. The tee shot is key to have a view of the green on the second. It is a slight dogleg right. It is, in my opinion, one of the most tricky holes on the course. The third hole is how a par 3 should look like. It’s aesthetically and well designed. Not to long, but wind might play a role in club selection. Next up is two straight forward par 4, but you need to place your tee shot to avoid the bunkers an strategically placed gorse. The 6th hole is a short par 5. With a fairway sloping right to left and lots of bunkers guarding the green, you will have to place your shots with precision. The tee shot on number 7 comes with a beautiful view. A long hole on the card, but it plays downhill. Finishing the front nine is a difficult par 3 uphill and hole number 9 towards the clubhouse. The green is long and narrow with bunkers and drop-offs on both sides.
The dukes – Back nine
You start the back nine with a dogleg left, par 4. A challenging tee shot where you have to be long enough to have a go at the green. The 11th hole is the longest on the course. A par 5 with deep bunkers in the landing zone and a small burn crossing the fairway on the second shot. Even the long hitters should concider laying up. The next is a fairly long par 3. Aim at the left side and you will have a larger landing zone. No. 13 – Braw View. You get a view over St Andrews. A par 4 downhill with a few well-placed bunkers preventing the long hitters from reaching the green. The next two holes are fairly long par 4’s. Number 15 plays a bit uphill and you should take an extra club on the approach. The 16th is a longish par 3 with trouble around the green. Wind is also an issue on this hole. It is better to be short then long. Finishing the course two par 4’s. The 17th requires a agressive tee shot to have an easier approach to the narrow green. The 18th hole is quite similar to the 9th. Playing uphill to a fairway sloping left with bunkers right. The green is elevated and guarded by bunkers left and a drop-off to the right.
The Dukes – would I play it again?
I have played it a few times already, and it is always on the shortlist when I plan a trip to St Andrews. If your looking for a place to stay, read my guide to St Andrews here